Posted on May 21, 2018
Date of Release: December 2015
Number of Reviews 2
The Ford Mustang is undoubtedly the car of legends and the one that comes out in the top 5 of every car junkies wish list. Well, the latest offering is no different and although upgraded and sleeker than its predecessors, there’s been no compromise on performance and handling.
The Ford Mustang 5.0 V8 most noticeable outward differentiators from its predecessor are its sharper A-pillars and C-pillars, a lower roofline and wider flanks. The rear track has also been extended by 70mm. These design switch-ups paired with the Mustang's iconic radiator grille, combined with its shark-bite front bumper ensure that the Mustang remains true to its roots while still looking modern an...
Performance and handling is where the Ford Mustang 5.0 V8 blows you away. The launch control makes all the difference and is well worth using because whichever way you look at it the Mustang is a car that weighs 1,745Kg, which is a hefty load. Making it even more impressive that it goes from 0-100km in 5.2 seconds.
The safety features in the Ford Mustang 5.0 V8 are extensive and exceptionally impressive. With anti-lock brakes, stability control, and front-impact, side-impact, overhead and knee airbags as well as a state of the art security system.
Date reviewed: 2017-09-22 15:30:00
Ford Motorsport, famous for breaking Ferrari’s tight grip on the 24-hour Le Mans race during the 60’s. The Ford Mustang, one of the most loved muscle cars the world over. Jack Roush, famous for, amongst other things, finding a middle ground. What AMG is to Merc, M to BMW, RS to Audi, Roush is to Ford. As Jack Roush himself says, “Between a road car and a race car, is a ROUSH car…”
THE TORQUE team recently had the privilege of testing an amazing 2017 Ford Mustang 5.0 Auto equipped with a Roush Stage-3 conversion. Our experience started with visiting the Ford Performance centre located in Centurion. From the moment you walk in, your mouth begins to salivate. With multiple super sexy Ford Mustang’s scattered around the showroom floor, you find yourself thinking “Yes! This is what I want. This is what I’ve been looking for…” And that’s even before a sales rep approaches you! In all seriousness, it’s a very impressive facility, complete with an upgrade parts showroom (so you can see exactly what your money is being spent on), media centre, café, gift store and their very own dyno garage.
“This is your car” we hear the representative say. At this stage, our jaws are literally scraping along the shiny tiled floor. A 2017 Ford Mustang 5.0 V8, complete with Roush’s top of the range performance upgrade – a stage-3 conversion. In short, it’s the most “bad-ass” car we have ever seen – and driven!
Our car came in Cosmic Grey and was donned in an array of cosmetic accessories to help set apart this super fastback from your out-of-the-box Mustang – which by the way, is still an awesome car. Appearance wise, one of the biggest differences is a large intake vent on that massive contoured bonnet. We also loved the alternative black racing stripes that wave up the side of the car vs. going down the centre of the bonnet.
Other exterior styling highlights included:
Inside, Roush once again dusted a bit of magic here and there, with highlights including:
The rest is standard Mustang, a cabin which grew on us the longer we were in it. It’s dominated by two massive front seats. We love that they are fully electric and feature both heating and cooling functions. The rear features good looking bucket seats, but for all intents and purposes, they are totally impractical. A decent, voice-activated modern infotainment system is further boosted with a full array of track features that help you get the most of out your Mustang.
Highlights of track aids include:
Overall, we have never driven a car that has “pulled” so many eyeballs. There’s something about the Mustang that appeals to people of all types:
There aren’t many sports cars out there that can claim the same global appeal as the Mustang, and it looks even better with the Roush conversion. We absolutely loved it!
A muscle car draws people in for two main reasons: looks (we can definitely tick this box) and performance.
Although we’ve categorised this car under our sports car section, strictly speaking, it isn’t really a sports car. The Americans call it a Pony car. If you’re a motorsport fan and enjoy really pushing the limits of a car’s performance, especially through the bends, then this might not be the best option for you. If watching a Grand Prix puts you to sleep in less than 10 minutes, but you love the thrill of immense mechanical power, then there’s pretty much nothing out there that will top this. And we really mean nothing!
The clever guys at Roush used their own dyno to measure the kW out of the rear tyres and then applied some fancy mathematics to calculate the estimated flywheel output (which is what we all judge a car’s power by). It estimated to be an astronomical 500kW!
Take any AMG Merc – it beats it. Any RS Audi – it beats it. Any M BMW – it beats it. There are only 4 cars available in South Africa that have more power, and those are ultra-expensive hypercars:
So there you have it; this stage-3 Roush Mustang is at the absolute top tier in terms of power output. How do they achieve this? Amongst other things, the main difference is that the Roush guys bolt on a completely insane, custom-made 2.3l (think about that for a second) twin-screw, belt driven supercharger on top of that already massive 5.0 V8 engine. Think about which cars have a 2.3l engine, never mind a supercharger. We can - you can order a Mustang with a 2.3-litre engine! The super-hatch Ford Focus RS also has a 2.3l engine. The power is immense! So what’s its actual performance like?
There’s so much power, that it’s practically impossible for two, albeit large, contact patches to handle. We are, however, pleased to report that the Roush Mustang is not a ‘snappy’ car. Thanks to its considerable weight and length, under harsh acceleration the Mustang does more of a lazy snakey movement rather than a quick snap. You’ll feel this throughout 1st and 2nd gear. We estimate its 0 – 100km/h time to be roughly the same as your standard 5.0 V8 Mustang – just under 5 seconds. Whoa!
This car has an additional 196 kW – how can that be? Like we said, the mighty Roush Mustang struggles to apply that 500kW worth of power via two wheels. 4-wheel drive would definitely change things. We also think that the standard measure of performance (0 – 100km/h) is not actually a good one. Performance is so much more than just a 0 – 100km/h sprint. From 100km/h upwards, this car accelerates like nothing else we’ve ever experienced.
Sound wise, you enjoy a back to front stereo experience. The lower to middle range rev’s produce a thunderous roar coming from the rear of the car via the open double twin tailpipes. Something we didn’t expect is that as the rev’s climb, the roar starts to quieten down and the sound experience moves to the front of the car and is dominated by the whine of that massive supercharger. Other than the four hypercars listed above, we are confident (admittedly, we didn’t scientifically test this) that the Roush Mustang would out accelerate everything from 100km/h upwards. It certainly gives you that impression! We love how the entire speedo briefly flashes red as the rev needle hits the red zone, and then flicks back to its normal blue ambient light.
Phew! This car’s performance literally leaves you emotionally exhausted – it’s such an intense, adrenaline pumping experience; but what is it like to live with on an everyday basis? Let’s have a closer look at our sports car lifestyle criteria:
In summary, the Roush Mustang definitely ticks the two boxes you want from a muscle car. Of course, you need to buy a standard one before you can upgrade it. If you opt-in for the full-monty option (stage-3), you’re looking at a combined car + upgrade value of around R1.5 million – which is not cheap! There are a lot of other sports car out there you can buy for that type of money. Then again, if attacking the apex of a corner on a race track is not your thing, then you’ll undoubtedly fall in love with the Roush Mustang. For a detailed breakdown of what the Roush Performance upgrades include and to locate your nearest performance centre, click here to download their brochure. If you’re interested in buying a Ford Mustang, be sure to enquire by clicking the button below or using the “How can we help you?” tab on the right-hand side of the page.
THE TORQUE team would like to extend special thanks to the management team of Black Horse Restaurant & Brewery, for the use of their beautiful horses as well as letting us shoot on their stunning property, located in the Magaliesburg. If you've never been there, it's well worth visiting this family-friendly venue.
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